It is hard to ignore the Grand Hotel Majestic in Florence. It is one of the first structures you see when you step of the train at Santa Maria Novella trainstation. I was attracted to this building since the first time i laid my eyes on it. Forcibly trying to blend into the surrounding architecture but failing, trying to mix modern design with the Florentine tradition.
During my time in Florence I noticed this structure appeared to not be in use, but homeless people took refuge in the alcoves that surround the extremities of the structure. Exploring this phenomenon I developed a body of work for the exhibition entitled 'Memorial'. The sculpture "Sono Stanco: a refusal of entry" was made with a blanket material on the exterior and the interior is cladded with a sheet used on the street.
“Sono Stanco” translation “I’m tired” refers to the fatigue that both the structure and the people witness daily, noting a collapse in the relationship between the two elements, breaking from the norm denying entry.